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“Lovely campsite even better location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tom's Field
Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely campsite even better location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stayed here for one night only, but that was because the weather was poor, not for any other reason. Had previously read (It is in the Cool Camping guide) about this place and my sister had stayed here before and recommended it. I haven't camped since I was a kid so was a bit dubious. We wanted somewhere that was peaceful, had good facilities and hot water and we got what we wanted. Cant compare to another campsite because I haven't been to any but we got what we wanted here. I think we paid £17 for the night. Showers are token operated and as a female who spends quite a long time in the shower found that one token was plenty (25p). Make sure you take flip flops for the shower. Plenty of places to wash up so no waiting. There is a breakfast place which we didn't use but it was reasonably priced and was popular so must be good. Owner was a bit of a grump when we arrived. He asked 'is it a big tent?' to which I replied 'no' and my sister replied 'yes', to which he responded in a not so friendly manner 'well which is it?' As we hadn't actually put the tent up before we didn't really know. Thankfully 3 lovely campers helped us to erect the tent because we had no idea! The location is the best bit though. Corfe castle is a short drive and there are plenty of places to explore the Jurassic Coast. A cream tea is a must as well as a visit the The Square and Compass pub and try one of their pasties. We sat outside, having a pasty and a pint while a small group of men were singing and playing guitar. Fantastic. You can see why Enid Blyton was so inspired by this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Very well run site with very friendly staff. Considered not going due to the poor reviews of their customer service but glad I gave them the benifit of the doubt. Just the kind of campsite I was after. Informal with common sense rules. Perfect location for some great walks and beautiful beaches and pubs. Will return soon

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

This beautiful, well maintained campsite is located about 1 1/2 miles from the coast in Langton Ma Travers. It is set within the fields' hedgerows, with some nettles left for the wildlife. If you are lucky you will be serenaded by a small brown bird in the morning.
If you turn up early enough you can chose just the right spot for your tent and yourselves! It is a popular campsite at weekends.
There was lots of hot water for showers and washing up. As usual the shower cubicles were very tiny, it was difficult to avoid getting clean clothes wet.
We chose it because we were walking this part of the SW Coastal path. Langton Ma Travers is on a bus route which links Swanage and Poole, -, be careful to check the bus times, as the timetable which I downloaded recently suggested a more frequent bus service.
We had a wonderful week with some sun and mist and a bit of rain and wind.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Poole
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Tom's field is a lovely 'back to basics' campsite in a great location. There are many great walks in the surrounding countryside. I cannot recommend the actual campsite more. Unfortunately on arrival the female owner didn't seem very friendly and just listed the rules of the campsite before taking our money and moving onto the next customer. I just feel it would have been nice to give us a bit more information about the campsite/surrounding area, or at least to wish us good holiday. It just felt very formal.
All in all though a lovely camping weekend had by all. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Turned up on the Friday evening of the May Bank Holiday weekend slightly nervous it would be full but all was fine. As it was late we were told to find a pitch and settle the next day.
We went round and pitched on the higher field. This proved a mistake in as much that I havent bought chocs yet for my camper so our nights sleep was interesting!
Anyway, the campsite is a sort of rustic quaint campsite in a great spot, especially for walkers. We walked to the Square and Compass, as well as being literally round the corner from the company that does coasteering.
Showers and loos are basic but that adds to the charm if you ask me. Breakfast in the cafe was ok, not amazing but done the job.
In the end we spotted a pitch on the lower field and grabbed it. Much nicer spot, not got the view but less windy, flat and felt more private. That is where I would try and get again. And will def come back here as the area has so much to offer.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Tom’s Field is a well run site in the beautiful Dorset countryside. The campsite was very quiet (well, it was quite early in the season I guess). We were allowed to pitch wherever we wanted. The site is nice and flat, immaculately clean and well laid out with fresh water points all over the site. The staff are extremely polite, cheerful and helpful. The toilet block facilities are perfectly adequate and clean. The showers work on a token system at 25p for 3 minutes which is fine for a nice hot shower.

The site is well located for some great coastal walks and local attractions of Southern Dorset. It's a short drive in to Swanage for some nice pubs and supermarkets although there is a well stocked shop on site and the Langton Matravers village shop sells locally sourced produce.

The pubs in the village are fine although The Kings Head is not particularly welcoming to tourists / outsiders. The Square & Compass in nearby Worth Matravers is a must for the great selection of local beers and ciders.

We would definitely come back to Tom’s Field again (although probably when the weather is less inclement).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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53 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Tom's Field often appears in 'Best Campsite' lists, and really lives up to expectations.

SIZE AND FACILITIES
It's a small, natural campsite perched on the hill above Swanage surrounded by stone walls that shelter the tents from the weather. The shop has a broad array of stock and there are plenty of (rather higgledy piggledy) loos and showers. The baby bathing sink was in the drying room, meaning it is very toasty. While this might be annoying on a hot day when we got caught in a horrendous downpour with a 9 month old and could bath her and dry her clothes in the warm room it was brilliant. The Bower Breakfast Bar is no Worth Matravers Tea Rooms but does the job if you can't be bothered to get the stove out.

LOCATION: Brilliant - you can walk across the hills to the cliffs or down into the village, and it's a short drive to Swanage and from there to Studland's beaches. You can also walk to Worth Matravers and the Square and Compass or drive to Kingston to the Scott Arms.

CLEANLINESS: Pretty good, it did rain when we were there so we probably saw it at its muddy worst.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Tom's Field

Property: Tom's Field
Address: Langton Matravers, Swanage BH19 3HN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage > Langton Matravers
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Langton Matravers
Number of rooms: 100
Also Known As:
Tom`s Field Hotel Langton Matravers

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